PICNIC OPENS TONIGHT 1/19 AT LAGUNA
Laguna Blanca School’s Theatre Arts department is proud to present Pulitzer Prize winning play Picnic by William Inge. Under the direction of Performing Arts Theatre Instructor Dana Caldwell, the play features a talented cast and crew and explores the universal themes of personal discovery. Set in 1953 in a small Kansas town at a neighborhood picnic on Labor Day, Picnic details the lives of ordinary Americans—from hopeful widows and embittered spinsters to idealistic teenagers and restless wanderers. The entire performance takes place on a grassy lawn between two houses. Join us as love, desire, and regrets unfold onstage at Laguna Blanca.
 
PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES
Thursday 1/19 at 7PM
Friday 1/20 at 7PM
Saturday 1/21 at 2PM
Spaulding Auditorium, Laguna Blanca School, 4125 Paloma Drive

The show includes some mature content. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. For more information, please contact Dana Caldwell at 805.687.2461 x217 or dcaldwell@lagunablanca.org.
 
VIEW THE CAST & CREW
 
SPRING BENEFIT SPONSORSHIP
DEADLINE IS  MONDAY 1/28
Planning is underway for an exciting and vibrant spring benefit ¡Viva Laguna!  This year, we will follow our hearts to Spain for the party of the year at the Feria de Sevilla. This annual extravaganza of Southern Spain will take place on Saturday, March 11 at the Bacara Resort and Spa.

There are many ways to get involved including a variety of event sponsorships. Sponsors who are confirmed by Monday, January 23, 2017 will be recognized on the printed invitation and program. Please mail in your completed sponsorship form or click here to pay online to secure your sponsorship.

Laguna Blanca’s Spring Benefit is our signature annual fundraising event. For over 15 years, this gala has encouraged Laguna parents and friends to gather, connect, and celebrate the vivacious and generous culture that has made Laguna great for nearly 85 years. The is not only an evening of joyful connections and community cohesion, but is an important fundraising event that helps support the myriad of expenses not yet covered by the Laguna Fund.

If you have any questions regarding event sp onsorship, please contact Cynthia McClintock or Marcy Jacobs in the development office.
LAGUNA TO HOST ENTREPRENEURIAL STUDIES CONFERENCE, IN SYNC WITH THE SCHOOL'S HANDS-ON, OFF-CAMPUS BUSINESS PROGRAM
Reprinted by the SB News-Press
By Josef Woodard, News-Press Correspondent
 
FAST TRACK TO THE BUSINESS OF BUSINESS
In Laguna Blanca's fresh-minded Entrepreneurial Studies program, what happens on campus doesn't necessarily stay on campus.

In an educational strategy unusual for a high school curriculum, students in teacher Paul Chiment's Entrepreneurship and Innovation course are not only encouraged but required to venture off campus into working business situations and startup scenarios.

WRITING CONNECTIONS AT LAGUNA
Writing can sometimes be a lonely art. But not at Laguna. On Wednesday, third grade students trekked to the Hope Ranch campus to meet some special friends in the ninth grade. The project started in November when ninth grade students in the Modes of Writing class partnered with third grade students to create stories—together—as part of a cross-campus writing initiative.


SOPHOMORE HUNTER HAWKINS  PERFORMS
AT CENTER STAGE THEATER THIS WEEKEND
For theatre buffs looking for more entertainment this weekend, you can catch Laguna's Hunter Hawkins '19 in Ruthless on Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 4pm. For ticket information, click here.
LOWER SCHOOL ADDS NEW LIFE-SIZE GAME TO RECESS REPERTOIRE
Adapted from Kindergarten Teacher Mieke Delwiche's blog

Last week, Mr. Surber introduced the newest addition to Lower School recess…a life-size Connect Four set! Above, Mr. Surber and Mrs. McDavid model the fun involved in games and turn-taking.

The new game is one example of the rich variety of activities offered during Lower School daily recess. At Laguna, we understand the value of play and choice. In addition to swings, ball courts, the play structure, and sandbox, Lower School students can also practice appropriate risk-taking and gross motor-skills on the climbing wall. Or they can choose to engage in a friendly game of life-size chess, which encourages critical thinking and turn-taking skills. For those seeking some quiet time, the library is always open for reading or coloring. Nature lovers can interact with nature and connect with and care for the chickens, emus and reptiles. The Magnawall, added earlier this year, promotes cooperation and encourages engineering. 

Above all, this wide array of options for students to explore at recess allows plenty of room for children to do the important work of play.
UPPER SCHOOL WINTER SEMI-FORMAL
SAVE THE DATE: 1/28
TICKETS $15 PRE-SALE | $20 AT THE DOOR

Pre-sale tickets are available for purchase during lunch at the Student Store from ASB Treasurer Zane Mazor-Brown.
US SPRING MUSICAL AUDITIONS 1/30
Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Open to only Upper School Students Gr. 9-12
 
General Auditions: Monday, 1/30 from 3:00-5:00pm in Spaulding Aud.
  • If you are interested in a lead role, please prepare one-minute of ANY song to sing. 
  • Acting Sides will be provided at the audition (monologue not needed).
  • Please see Mrs. Caldwell if you are interested in signing up for Crew!
Call Backs: Tuesday, 1/31 from 3:00-5:00pm in Spaulding Aud.
The call back list will be posted Tuesday morning, and if you are called, you will be released as soon as we have had a chance to work with you.
   
Please see Mrs. Caldwell or Ms. Honorof with any questions!
 
Cast List Will be Posted Wednesday, 2/1

Rehearsals Begin 2/1 through Tech/Dress Rehearsal 4/26
Schedule TBD based on casting, but will be held after school in the afternoons and evenings.
 
Performance Dates: April 27-29 
This musical contains mature content.
SPRING BENEFIT COMMITTEE MEETINGS
PLEASE JOIN US AT 8:30AM
AT ANY OF THE FOLLOWING MEETINGS:

Wed 2/8 - Multi-Purpose Room, Gym
Wed 2/15 -  LS Library
Wed 2/22 - Multi-Purpose Room, Gym
Wed 3/1 - LS Library
Wed 3/8 - FINAL Meeting - Multi-Purpose Room, Gym

Interested in volunteering, m aking a donation, or becoming an event sponsor? Please contact event co-chairs Belle and Bert Regeer or Assistant Director of Special Events and Constituent Relations Cynthia McClintock 687.2461 x206.
MS ADVISORY COLLECTS OVER $1000 IN CHANGE
TO MAKE A BIG CHANGE IN HAITI
The Middle School Advisory Group, mentored by teacher Anna Alldredge, recently  raised $1071.35 during their Change Drive for Direct Relief International. "Haiti has been subjected to many natural disasters recently, which makes healthcare more inaccessible than ever," explains Lily Farmer '21. Wanting to help in  some small way, students worked in collaboration with the Upper School Youth4DirectRelief Club, led by Julia Fay '18 and Sophia Fay '18, to gather change to fund a nurse who will provide care in Haitian orphanages. Thank you to the Laguna Middle School students for contributing to a meaningful, globally-minded goal of ensuring care for children.
U P C O M I N G   E V E N T S

LOWER SCHOOL

FRI 1/20
Gr. 3-4 ERB Testing


Gr. 3 Invention Convention
(1:30PM)

FRI 1/27
LS Explorations

Gr. 3 to SBMNH

Gr. 4 to Granada Theater / S.B. Symphony

Re-enrollment Contracts Mailed

SAT 1/28
Chinese New Year

LS Storytime for Art Inspiration
(10-11AM)


MIDDLE SCHOOL

THURS 1/19
US Drama Production
Spaulding Auditorium (7PM)

FRI 1/20
Modified Schedule Today
Click to view

Gr. 5 to UCSB Ropes Course
(8:30AM-1:15PM)

US Drama Production

Spaulding Auditorium (7PM)

SAT 1/21

ISEE Testing for Laguna Admissions
(8:30-12:30PM)

US Drama Production
Spaulding Auditorium (2PM)

MON 1/23
Gr. 7-12 Winter Showcase Rehearsal

(5:30-7:30PM)

TUES 1/24
Gr. 7-12 Winter Showcase
Spaulding Auditorium (6:30PM)

WED 1/25
MS/US Semester 1 Ends

THURS 1/26
Mission to Mars
Spaulding Auditorium (9:45AM-12:50PM)

FRI 1/27
Re-enrollment Contracts Mailed

SAT 1/28
Chinese New Year

UPPER SCHOOL

THURS 1/19
US Drama Production
Spaulding Auditorium (7PM)

FRI 1/20
Modified Schedule Today
Click to view

US Drama Production

Spaulding Auditorium (7PM)

SAT 1/21
SAT at SB Testing Centers


ISEE Testing for Laguna Admissions

(8:30-12:30PM)

US Drama Production

Spaulding Auditorium (2PM)
 

MON 1/23
Gr. 7-12 Winter Showcase Rehearsal
(5:30-7:30PM)

TUES 1/24
Gr. 7-12 Winter Showcase
Spaulding Auditorium (6:30-8:30PM)

WED 1/25
MS/US Semester 1 Ends

Personal Development Class to La Cumbre Plaza
(11AM-12:45PM)

FRI 1/27
Re-enrollment Contracts Mailed

SAT 1/28
Chinese New Year

US Semi-Formal Dance
US Library (8-10PM)